Following the increase in price of fuel as a backlash from the inaugural speech of President Bola Tinubu on Monday, Boat operators under the aegis of Waterfront Boat Owners and Transporters Association (WABOTAN) has declared support for the President on the subsidy removal, describing it a bitter pill needed for the country’s healing.
President of WABOTAN, Comrade Babatope Fajemirokun stated this in a chat with journalists at the association Secretariat in Apapa on Monday.
This is even as the association has urged the Lagos State Government and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to consider handing over the newly commissioned Jetties across the state to WABOTAN in order to help manage it for optimal performance.
Comrade Fajemirokun described President Bola Tinubu as the only Nigerian President that understands the importance of the maritime sector to the GDP of the he national economy.
“Sometimes, you have to swallow a bitter pill to get healed, we have seen this subsidy removal as such.
“We see this government as a listening government and open, we want them to bring up whatever palliative that is necessary to cushion the effect.
“Some Nigerians have been clamoring for the removal of this subsidy for a long time, some people even described it as a fraud. So, for us, it is a welcomed idea and we would get used to it.
“The subsidy has been removed already by President Muhammadu Buhari before handing over to President Tinubu, but Nigerians like to take advantage of everything.
For us as boat operators, we don’t think this is something that would choke everybody.
“This is the first time that I am seeing a president that knows about water transportation and he is fully in charge, previous Presidents do not have knowledge of the maritime sector.
Tinubu governed Lagos, a litoral state for eight years, and he made a lot of impact in the waterways business
“We are going to make our own presentation to his office. He knows what it takes to run the maritime economy and it’s importance to our GDP” he said